How reliable is the vehicle you’re driving?

In this Aug. 2, 2013 file photo, the emblem of a Toyota car shines at Toyota Motor Corp.'s showroom Toyota Mega Web in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — We all want to make sure our family is safe out on the road and this year there are some surprising results when it comes to vehicle reliability tests. The good news is, you don’t have to spend top dollar to buy a good family car. Safety is number one when it comes to your family, so before you put money into a new ride, Consumer Reports released its 2016 vehicle reliability survey.

Here’s what it found:Toyota and Lexus topped the list for most reliable brands. Buick is also in the top three.

There were some surprises though, Subaru dropped out of the top 10 reliable brands because of problems with the Legacy Sedan and Outback Wagon. The Honda Civic is another model with declining reliability.

Experts suggest you keep this in mind when you shop: don’t just shop by brand because not all vehicles in a brand lineup are created equally. Wait a year or two before buying a new or redesigned model to give the kinks a chance to be worked out. Avoid complicated new systems. Increased complexity equals increased problems. Both Ford and Honda have reported problems with high-tech infotainment systems.

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